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Originally posted by nywvblue
I've been watching the same brilliant, flashing "star" since August 08 from upstate NY as well as NYC and have come to the conclusion that's it's definitely not a star. Stars don't flash visible colors. Also, it has the intensity of an LED compared to the low-wattage incandescent star lights up there. (The NYC night sky emits so much light that it is rare that we see anything from the ground however that light always shines through!) Viewing it through binoculars at both locations has become an irresistible nightly ritual and in the darkness of a clear upstate NY sky, I have as many as three up there, although of slightly lesser intensity (implying further away, perhaps?). One night last Sept. my jaw dropped to see a light actually approach and merge with the most brilliant one -- I kept thinking "Did I really see that?" On another night upstate, I lowered my binoculars to take a break and a dim reddish light went from horizon-to-horizon in what couldn't have been more than one second. Would anybody know if the latter sighting was likely a shooting star? I can't seem to find info on what shooting stars look like!
Back to the flashing star, George Green has referred to these as "star ships" (in a google vid). I like this guy a lot, so I really listen when he speaks.
Originally posted by Badgered1
It is NOT Sirius, as it often appears in the sky to the "left" of Orion's Belt, when Canis Major is to the "right" of it.